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Dr. Dennis Blanton

Dr. Dennis Blanton

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Office Location: Sheldon 210
Phone: (540) 568-7390
E-mail: blantodb (at) jmu (dot) edu


B.A., University of Georgia
M.A., Brown University
Ph.D., Univeresity of Virginia


Introduction to Archaeology; The Archaeology of Virginia; Historical Archaeology; Cultural Contact and Its Consequences; Archaeology Field and Laboratory Methods; Field School in the Mid-Atlantic or Southeast US


Early Colonialism & Cultural Encounters (with emphasis on Mid-Atlantic and Southeast US; Central America); Historical Climatology; Native American Indian Prehistory &Native American Indian Smoking Ritual; Cultural Resources Management & Public Archaeology; Archaeology Collections Management

Recent Publications:

Point of Contact: Archaeological Evaluation of a Potential De Soto Encampment in Georgia. Dennis B. Blanton, Wes Patterson, Jeffrey B. Glover, and Frankie Snow. Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta, Georgia. (2013)

“The Factors of Climate and Weather in Sixteenth-Century La Florida.” In Native and Imperial Transformations: Sixteenth-Century Entradas in the American Southwest and Southeast, pp. 99-122, Edited by Clay Mathers, Jeffrey M. Mitchem, and Charles M. Haecker. The University of Arizona Press, Tucson. (2013)

Archaeological Encounters with Georgia’s Spanish Period, 1526-1700: New Findings and Perspectives. Edited by Dennis B. Blanton and Robert A. DeVillar. Special Publication Number 2. Society for Georgia Archaeology, Athens. (2010)

“The Great Flood of 1771: An Explanation of Natural Causes and Social Effects.” In Historical Climatic Variability and Impacts in the United States, Edited by C. J. Mock and L. Dupigny-Giroux. Springer Netherlands. (2009)

“Paleoclimates and Human Responses Along the Central Georgia Coast: A Tree-Ring Perspective.” Dennis B. Blanton and David Hurst Thomas. In Native American Landscapes of St. Catherines Island, Georgia, pp. 799-806, Edited by David Hurst Thomas. American Museum of Natural History Anthropological Papers 88, New York. (2008)

Indian and European Contact in Context: The Middle Atlantic Region. Edited by Dennis B. Blanton and Julia A. King. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, FL. (2004)